On Monday, Feb. 3, Kristin Anderson celebrated her landmarked 70th year at Benedict Hall surrounded by her friends. More than 100 people attended the gala event catered by Renee Bacot.

The party was a gift from Kristenís longtime friend Randy Mims.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated from Portland State College, in Oregon in 1966 with a bachelor of arts in painting. She taught silversmithing in Oregon and Wisconsin before founding her workshop, Kristinworks in 1971.

She earned a masterís of fine arts in art metal from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. She traveled the country showing and selling her work at major art fairs from 1971 through1985, when she moved to Apalachicola and founded Long Dream Gallery.